Month: November 2015

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Paris terror attacks: Witness at bar massacre says gunmen were ‘white, clean-shaven, muscular – like soldiers’ – Gunmen came and left in black Mercedes

Shooters, brandishing assault rifles and dressed in black uniforms, were seen slowly pulling up in the Merc during a series of coordinated atrocities

Two heavily armed ISIS gunmen pulled up in a black Mercedes-Benz and calmly slaughtered scores of ­innocent diners in a Paris bistro ­before driving away. An eyewitness has told how 20 people were executed in a ­calculated attack on a busy restaurant in the heart of the French capital as they ate at tables on the pavement.

A shocking description of the assassins and their barbaric assault came as the first eyewitness ­accounts emerged last night. Mahoud Admo said:

“The gunman showed no emotion at all as he began spraying bullets into the ­diners. He just kept reloading his machine gun and firing, without saying a thing. The people outside the bar were dead straight away. There were streams of blood everywhere and broken glass. It was carnage.”

Shocking details of the bloody attack came as France remained on high alert while special forces ­continued to hunt for members of the terror cell.

ISIS claimed ­responsibility for the sickening ­attacks which have killed at least 127 people and left up to 60 more seriously injured.

The attack at Le Belle Equipe took place shortly after the first of three explosions rocked the Stade de France, where the host nation was playing against Germany.

Mr Admo, 26, who was staying at the Salvation Army hostel in Rue de Charonne opposite the Le Belle Equipe, told how gunmen executed patrons in a drive-by attack. Trembling as he recalled how the massacre unfolded, he said:

“I was just in my room and had the window open on to the street below. I could see lots people sat outside the bar eating dinner and enjoying a drink. The place was full of people just enjoying themselves. At about 9.30pm a new looking black Mercedes pulled up outside with dark tinted windows at the back and the passenger and driver windows down. I could clearly see the passenger’s face as he was not ­wearing a hat or mask.

As soon as the car stopped he quietly opened the door and got out in front of the restaurant. That is when I saw he was ­holding a machine gun that was resting on his hip. I could not take in what I was witnessing. People outside spotted the shooter approaching with his gun and tried to run inside but he shot them down in the doorway.

Then people inside moved ­forward to see what was happening and he sprayed more bullets into them. I was trying to catch them on my camera phone but the gunman saw the light on my mobile and I ducked down behind the wall as they fired at my hotel. The gunman calmly reloaded his weapon several times. He then shot up at the windows in the street to make sure nobody was filming anything or taking photographs. It lasted over six minutes

He fired lots of bullets. He was white, clean shaven and had dark hair neatly trimmed. He was dressed all in black except for a red scarf. The shooter was aged about 35 and had an extremely muscular build, which you could tell from the size of his arms. He looked like a weightlifter.

He was not wearing gloves and his face was expressionless as he walked towards the bar. The driver had opened his door shortly before the shooting began and stood up with his arm and a machine gun rested on the roof of the car. He stood there with his foot up in the door acting as a lookout. I would describe him as tall, with dark hair and also quite muscular.

They looked like soldiers or mercenaries and carried the whole thing out like a military operation. It was clear that they were both very heavily armed and the gunman was carrying several magazines on him. They both then coolly sat back in the car and sped off in the direction of the Bataclan Theatre.”

After about five minutes the police and ambulances arrived. There were about 20 bodies lying dead outside the bar and all the windows around were cracked from bullets. It was sickening. You could see where people had been shot. There were about eight ambulances to take injured survivors away. People were crying and screaming as they ­began to realise what had happened. Around 5am the dead bodies were laid out in the street under yellow ­blankets until they were taken away in ambulances.”

Yesterday mourners ­began laying flowers and candles in tribute to the dead outside the bullet-­ridden front of Le Belle Equipe. Fatiha Toun, 25, told of the carnage left by the gunmen. She said:

“I was heading to catch a bus when I heard a woman screaming and the rattle of gunfire. I could see flames rising from the shooter’s weapon in the street as he pointed at the bar. It was hard to tell what was happening in all the chaos. There were dead people laid on the pavement and one woman had her leg stripped to the bone where she had been hit with bullets. I saw a child injured outside but could not tell if they were still alive.”

Tobias Ramsie, 27, hid behind in a neighbouring shop as the gunman began peppering the front of bar. He said:

“I just kept my head down and prayed no one would see me. I heard the car leave and I was still too scared to move. I just kept thinking, ‘What if he’s still here waiting for more people?'”

Far-right settler rabbi: Paris attacks are payback for the Holocaust A religious Zionist cleric from a Jewish settlement on the West Bank told mourners on Saturday during the funeral of an Israeli father and son gunned down by Palestinian terrorists that the attacks in Paris were deserved due to what Europeans “did to our people 70 years ago.” The quote from Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, was first reported by the Walla! news agency. “The wicked ones in blood-soaked Europe deserve it for what they did to our people 70 years ago,” Lior said. The controversial rabbi once wrote an approbation for a book called The King’s Torah that was co-written in 2009 by radical settler figure Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, which permitted killing civilian non-Jews in times of war. He was summoned by police for questioning on grounds of incitement to violence but refused to report for questioning, saying the Torah was not open to police investigation. He was subsequently arrested and brought for questioning but no charges were made. Last year, Lior published a letter saying that Jewish law permits destroying the entire Gaza Strip to bring peace to the south of the country. Lior said that he had received questions about whether Jewish law permits harming a civilian population not directly involved with the combatants. He first cited the opinion of the Maharal of Prague, a renowned 16th-century rabbi, who wrote that a nation under attack can wage a fierce war against the assaulting nation, and that it is not obligated regarding the safety of people who are personally involved in hostilities. “At a time of war, the nation under attack is allowed to punish the enemy population with measures it finds suitable, such as blocking supplies or electricity, as well as shelling the entire area according to the army minister’s judgment, and not to needlessly endanger soldiers but rather to take crushing deterring steps to exterminate the enemy,” Lior wrote. Addressing the hostilities with Hamas, the rabbi continued to say that “in the case of Gaza, it would be permitted for the defense minister to even order the destruction of all of Gaza so that the South will no longer suffer and to prevent injury to our people, who have been suffering for so long from the enemies surrounding us.” “Talk of humanitarianism and consideration are nothing when weighed against saving our brothers in the South and across the country and the restoration of quiet to our land,” he said.

Rabbi Dov LiorA religious Zionist cleric from a Jewish settlement on the West Bank told mourners on Saturday during the funeral of an Israeli father and son gunned down by Palestinian terrorists that the attacks in Paris were deserved due to what Europeans “did to our people 70 years ago.”

The quote from Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, was first reported by the Walla! news agency.

“The wicked ones in blood-soaked Europe deserve it for what they did to our people 70 years ago,” Lior said.

The controversial rabbi once wrote an approbation for a book called The King’s Torah that was co-written in 2009 by radical settler figure Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, which permitted killing civilian non-Jews in times of war.

He was summoned by police for questioning on grounds of incitement to violence but refused to report for questioning, saying the Torah was not open to police investigation. He was subsequently arrested and brought for questioning but no charges were made.

Last year, Lior published a letter saying that Jewish law permits destroying the entire Gaza Strip to bring peace to the south of the country.

Lior said that he had received questions about whether Jewish law permits harming a civilian population not directly involved with the combatants.

He first cited the opinion of the Maharal of Prague, a renowned 16th-century rabbi, who wrote that a nation under attack can wage a fierce war against the assaulting nation, and that it is not obligated regarding the safety of people who are personally involved in hostilities.

“At a time of war, the nation under attack is allowed to punish the enemy population with measures it finds suitable, such as blocking supplies or electricity, as well as shelling the entire area according to the army minister’s judgment, and not to needlessly endanger soldiers but rather to take crushing deterring steps to exterminate the enemy,” Lior wrote.

Addressing the hostilities with Hamas, the rabbi continued to say that “in the case of Gaza, it would be permitted for the defense minister to even order the destruction of all of Gaza so that the South will no longer suffer and to prevent injury to our people, who have been suffering for so long from the enemies surrounding us.”

“Talk of humanitarianism and consideration are nothing when weighed against saving our brothers in the South and across the country and the restoration of quiet to our land,” he said.

Police are Creating Fake Accounts on Facebook So They Can Monitor You, How to Identify a Fake Account

facebookpolicePolice Create Fake Profiles on Facebook and Attempt to Build Relationships Along With Monitor Your Friends and Events

Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

Police departments around the nation have taken predictive crime prevention to a new level by building fake user accounts, as well as posing as genuine people to gather information about local events, Tech.Mic reports.

Local agents put on a “digital mask” and pose as “members of the community,” allowing them to gather personal information about suspects they consider a high risk of being involved in a future crime or have existing charges.

In a social media guide for law enforcement officials published by the Justice Department, the document details, officers create fraudulent profiles even though Facebook officially bans the practice.

Departments are also beginning to use predictive analytical policing software, allowing authorities to patrol local neighborhoods based on social networking posts. If people are emotionally upset and publish it on social media networks, the software program labels the neighborhood high risk alerting law enforcement to occupy those area’s.

In a recent article published by Business Insider one police officer answered a LexisNexis survey that he “was looking for a suspect related to drug charges for over a month. When I looked him up on Facebook and requested him as a friend from a fictitious profile, he accepted,” and “he kept ‘checking in’ everywhere he went, so I was able to track him down very easily.”

Another respondent wrote, “Social media is a valuable tool because you are able to see the activities of a target in his comfortable stage. Targets brag and post … information in reference to travel, hobbies, places visited, appointments, circle of friends, family members, relationships, actions, etc.”

Out of 1,221 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that use social media today, more than 80% of the responding officials said social media was a powerful tool for crime-fighting and that “creating personas or profiles on social media outlets for use in law enforcement activities is ethical.”

The NYPD has even gone to the extreme to use photos of young attractive women on Facebook to spy on gang members, the New York Times reported.

No one seems to know if agencies use these photos with or without the consent of the person photographed.

Bradley Shear, an attorney and expert in social media and the law is not quite sure how the justice system will handle challenges made to this style of policing, however noting that “police often pose as prostitutes or drug dealers to catch criminals.”

CNN’s New ‘Source’: ISIS Magazine – Claims ‘Schweppes Bomb’ Brought Down Russian Airliner

Just when you thought the mainstream media coverage couldn’t get anymore surreal…

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

Question: should ‘ISIS’ be considered a credible news source? Sadly, CNN does.

In the wake of the Paris Attacks, a most disturbing trend has suddenly emerged in the mainstream media’s ‘terror’ coverage – where CNN, FOX News, and other majors are now deferring to ISIS press releases as a primary news source.

1-ISIS-dabiq-magazineLeading the charge on Wednesday was CNN’s intrepid reporter, Chris Cuomo, who seemed uncomfortably dazzled by a report in the latest English language issue of ‘ISIS Monthly’ aka DABIQ Magazine (image, left), a glossy coffee table rag filled with colorful jihadi lifestyle features and career advice for aspiring young terrorists (if only it were a joke).

Schweppes Bomb

The DABIQ article proudly displays an image of a 16oz Schweppes Gold pineapple soda can with a few bits alongside it, claiming that this was the bomb that brought down Russia’s Metrojet Airbus A321 – a plane which broke up in midair 20 minutes into its journey after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, en route to St. Petersburg, Russia on Oct. 31st.

The DABIQ article goes on to reveal a grand plot (albeit, after the fact), saying, “After resolving to bring down a plane belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against ISIS, the target was changed to a Russian plane”.

Israeli spy Pollard released after 30 years in US jail

Jewish American spy Jonathan Pollard was released from a US prison Friday after serving nearly 30 years for passing American secrets to Israel, in a move welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The decades-long punishment has been deemed disproportionate by the Jewish state, where Pollard is seen by some as a national hero.

Netanyahu, who has long pressed for Pollard’s release, said Friday that “after three long and difficult decades Jonathan is at last reunited with his family.”

“The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard,” he said.

The sentence has been a major bone of contention between Israel and the United States, with successive US presidents beginning with Ronald Reagan through Barack Obama refusing Pollard’s early release.

“As someone who raised Jonathan’s case for years with successive American presidents, I had long hoped this day would come,” Netanyahu said.

Jonathan PollardThe 61-year-old was set free before dawn from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, his main supporters’ group in Israel said. But he is barred from leaving the United States for five years.

A US court jailed Pollard, a Stanford University graduate and former US Navy intelligence analyst, for life in 1987 after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government.

Pollard’s release on parole comes almost 30 years to the day of his arrest on November 21, 1985.

Perception of Pollard, who was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995, has evolved there over the years, with rightwing activists seeking to turn him into an icon.

In the United States, however, Pentagon and CIA officials are still reeling with anger from the classified defense documents that Pollard leaked.

In a sign of the case’s sensitivity, Netanyahu had asked his ministers to refrain from claiming a victory upon Pollard’s release, according to local media.

Pollard’s lawyers have shown similar discretion in recent days, refusing to give details of the prisoner’s plans once he is freed.

However they have said that he has given assurances that he has a job and a place to live in the New York area.

Clashes break out during counter-rallies in Australia

Reclaim Australia protesters and anti-racism demonstrators scuffle in Melbourne on November 22, 2015, at the site for the construction of a mosque.Violent clashes have erupted during counter-rallies held across Australia by anti-racism activists and a rival group of Reclaim Australia demonstrators.

Several hundred anti-Islam and anti-immigration Reclaim Australia demonstrators and anti-racism campaigners clashed at a rally in Melton, the proposed site of a mosque in Melbourne’s western outskirts, on Sunday.

Police made seven arrests during the Melton demonstration, including a man who attacked a police horse.

Three men were detained for possessing a weapon and two others were arrested for riotous behavior.

The Reclaim demonstrators, some covering their faces with Australian flags and scarves, sang the national anthem and chanted “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,” while counter-protesters from refugee and anti-racism groups responded with “Muslims are welcome, racists are not” chants.

In Sydney, a demonstration under the name of Reclaim Australia Rally at Martin Place was held. At least one person was arrested.

About 250 protesters supporting the Refugee Action Coalition staged a rival demonstration, chanting pro-diversity and pro-demonstration slogans.

New South Wales police hold a containment line during an opposition rally to counter the Reclaim Australia Rally at Martin Place in Sydney, November 22, 2015.

“Next time we are going to make sure we have the numbers to demonstrate no matter what police say,” one man called over a loudspeaker, adding, “See you next time in Cronulla.”

Dozens of police, including mounted and riot squad officers, were present at the scene to prevent the rival groups from clashing.

Smaller protest rallies were also held in the cities of Brisbane and Canberra.

The Reclaim Australia movement has already staged several rallies in Australia, which witnessed violence and were attended by white supremacists and demonstrators with Nazi tattoos.

North Korea warns South against live-fire drills near sea border

 

A South Korean navy vessel fires an anti-ship missile during a naval drill off the east coast of South Korea, May 19, 2015. ©AFP

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A South Korean navy vessel fires an anti-ship missile during a naval drill off the east coast of South Korea, May 19, 2015. ©AFP

North Korea has warned its southern neighbor against conducting live-firing drills near their maritime border, describing Seoul’s expected military exercises as “provocative.”

 

“There will be a merciless retaliation by our troops on five border islands… if the South pushes ahead with the live-fire drills targeting us on the Yellow Sea on November 23,” the North Korean army said in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday.

South Korea’s military has in the past years staged live-fire drills near the sea border with the North around the anniversary of Pyongyang’s shelling of South Korean Yeonpyeong Island some five years ago.

The shelling of the island killed four South Koreans, including two civilians, on November 23, 2010.

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By James Cogan
The alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacks in Paris last Friday have been seized upon by the Australian political and media establishment to justify the country’s involvement in the US-led wars in Iraq and Syria and the abrogation of democratic rights at home that has taken place on the pretext of combatting terrorism.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in Turkey for the G-20 Summit, gave his official sanction to a frenzy of fear-mongering and anti-Muslim xenophobia. In his initial statement, he declared that the terrorist attacks were “truthfully the work of the devil.” On the weekend, he asserted that, while there was no evidence, “attacks in this environment are likely to happen in the future” in Australia.

Turnbull lauded the sixth tranche of anti-terrorism legislation which includes sweeping measures to strip dual citizens of their Australian citizenship if they are deemed to have been involved in terrorist related activities or display a lack of “allegiance” to Australia. Control orders—state restrictions on peoples’ movements and contacts, up to outright house arrest—can now be imposed on children as young as 14.

Related measures have been legislated by the New South Wales (NSW) state government to allow the detention and interrogation of suspects for as long as 28 days without any charges. NSW acting police commissioner Nick Kaldas told journalists on Tuesday that his officers had been ordered to be armed at all times and to shoot-to-kill, rather than seek to negotiate, with alleged terrorists.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten stressed the Labor Party’s bipartisan, unconditional support for giving the “law enforcement agencies and security… the resources they require.”

At a press conference with Barack Obama yesterday in Manila, Turnbull declared that Australia, which is contributing the second largest military force to US operations the Middle East, would “continue shoulder to shoulder with the United States and our allies in the fight against this type of extremist violence, this type of terrorism.”

Endorsing war abroad and repression at home, Monday’s editorial in Murdoch’s Australian declared that “Western civilisation” was threatened by “extreme Wahabist Sunni Islam.” The newspaper demanded even greater police-state control and censorship within Australia. It advocated “vigilance on many fronts—education in our schools, engagement in our communities, military strength overseas, security resilience at home, intelligence alertness and orderly immigration controls.”

Child sex offenders largest group of inmates in military prisons – report

© US Army / WikipediaMore than half the cases in the military justice system involve child victims of sex assault, according to an investigation by Associated Press. This has raised questions about the transparency of military courts.

With information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, AP uncovered that out of the 1,233 inmates in US military prisons, 61 percent were convicted of sex crimes. Children were the victims in more than half of those cases, making their abusers the largest group of criminals in the US military prison system. In 2015 alone, service members victimized children in 133 of 301 sex crime convictions.

The military justice system operates independently from federal and state criminal courts. The US Constitution requires openness in civilian judiciary, which is why trials and court filings are open to the public, as a way of providing accountability.

The military judiciary is much less transparent, however, and acquiring full accounting of perpetrators’ crimes and sentencing is difficult. The most that the public can generally hope to see is a brief summary of the results of the trial. Records for most federal court cases are available online via the Public Access to Court Electronic Records. To obtain records from military trials, on the other hand, a request must be made through the Freedom of Information Act, which itself includes an exemption that allows the government to withhold records in cases where disclosure could violate personal privacy.

Case information that might be relevant to the public interest includes pretrial agreements between the accused and prosecutors, which can drastically reduce sentences for criminals such as child sex offenders.